David L. Kirp

Senior Research Fellow

David L. Kirp is the Professor of the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley. He is co-author of the June 2016 report, The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States.

Kirp has written 17 books—including Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future and Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for American Education, the latter of which was named outstanding book of 2013 by the American Educational Research Association. He also drafted a policy framework for early education as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. Currently, he is a contributing writer to the New York Times.

Kirp graduated from Amherst College—and is a former trustee of his alma mater—and Harvard Law School. He was the founding director of the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and he also serves as a member of the board of Friends of the Children and on the international advisory committee of Escuela Nueva, a Colombia-based nonprofit that in the past quarter-century has educated millions of children in the developing world.

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